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Racist Google Results

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This article is about offensive google image results when searches are run for “Michelle Obama” and “Jews” and other various queries. Google now features a link at the top of these search results that says “Sometimes our search results can be offensive. We agree. Read more.” Many argue that google should not even feature the controversial images as image results.

While I agree that these images are horrific, I’m not sure that a solid argument can be made against google. They are not the ones creating these images. They can’t help what others post on the internet. I guess you can argue the freedom of speech here, but it’s still just disgusting the things people continue to post on the internet–safe behind their made up screen names and anonymity.


Written by sranson08

November 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I agree with you that it is not Google’s fault that people are posting such offensive images on the internet. A search engine’s use is to report all webpages that match the search keywords, and those using Google should realize that it is just doing its job. We should be angry at internet users that post these racist images and content.


    November 25, 2009 at 2:32 am

  2. Google search engine uses a generator to narrow down the results meaning it is not really an actual person choosing what should be displayed. For this reason I believe they should not be held accountable for the content. Perhaps a better solution would be to create a program that would hold people who create the racist images accountable for the content. This might reduce amount of racist images displayed on Google. However just be aware that this is a form of censorship.


    November 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm

  3. I agree with you that this is not Google’s fault, they were not the ones that post these images online. And Google is a big search engine so they cannot catch everything useless a mass amount of people report it or something like that.


    November 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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